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Happy Stan’s Christmas Poem

December 22nd, 2014 • By: happy Current Events, HSR Services, Live Green, Uncategorized

 

 

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the city

 only one stirring was Happy Stan, not even a kitty;

Happy Stan’s Recycling was locked down with care,

In hopes that Happy Stan, soon would be there;

The workers were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of bottles & cans danced in their heads;

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

Plastic Bags: Break the Cycle

December 8th, 2014 • By: happy Eco Tips, Live Green, Recycling Education, Uncategorized

 

Canadians take home 55 million plastic shopping bags each week, with a large percentage ending up in the landfill. Once in the earth, it can take 1,000 years for a plastic bag to breakdown while emitting harmful and toxic chemicals deep into the soil. Just in Metro Vancouver alone, approximately 24,000 tonnes of plastic bags end up with this same fate — that’s about 11 kilograms of plastic bags per person.

plastic recycling

Plastic bags are made from either high-density polyethylene (HDPE #2) or low-density polyethylene (LDPE #4). LDPE is a thick, glossy plastic that is typically used by retail stores, while HDPE is a thin lightweight plastic that you can often find at grocery stores.  While a popular choice due to their convenience and strength, plastic bags clog up storm drains, suffocate wildlife, and are having a huge impact in on our planet.

You may have heard that plastic bags are recyclable and that they can be made into new bags, landscape timber, plastic lumber, picnic tables and miscellaneous bins. In fact, there are curbside programs that offer this option, as well as local grocery stores that accept this type of material.  However, this is more like putting a Band-Aid on the problem. Making something “recyclable” should be the very last option, especially when it comes to plastic. It’s no wonder states like Califiornia, New York, and Chicago have started to ban plastic bags all together – an initiative that should be introduced in Canada!

plastic recycling

So, what can you do? Simple. Bring a reusable cloth bag. They’re inexpensive, eco-friendly, and more durable than their plastic counterparts. Plus you can wash them and reuse them over and over again without issues. If you invest as little as $5 into a higher end bag, the return will often be years of use. Compactable bags are also a great option; buy a few and throw them in your car, purse, or gym bag, that way you’re never without them. With the holidays coming up, they make awesome stocking stuffers!

Take the Happy Stan Challenge and try to commit an entire month without plastic bags. Tweet us your progress and we’ll offer any tips to motivate you to keep going! (Tag @happystans)

 

Photo Source: The Guardian, Etsy

 

 

 

Bike to Work Week in the TriCities!

October 16th, 2014 • By: happy Current Events, Eco Tips, Live Green, Uncategorized

 

 

 

Bike To Work Week is just around the corner! From October 27th to November 2nd, people across the province will be ditching their cars to cycle to and from work. In honour of the occasion, we wanted to share some of the many benefits of riding your bike both for the environment and for your health.

bike to work week

Environmental Benefits

Riding your bike is a great way to reduce gas emissions. The most energy-efficient form of transportation, on-going use of a bicycle has virtually no carbon footprint. Last year 209,610 kilograms of CO2 were saved from entering the atmosphere in Bike To Work week alone! Cycling also helps to reduce air pollution. A 4-mile bicycle trip keeps about 15 pounds of pollutants out of the air that we breathe. Cycling also reduces water pollution since bikes don’t drip brake fluid, anti-freeze or transmission fluid.

Health Benefits

In addition to being good for the environment, riding your bike is also great for your health. Did we mention that it’s also a great way to burn some extra calories? The average cyclist burns 488 calories an hour! Feeling tired? Riding your bike is also a great boost of energy. Bike riding increases energy levels by 20%, and decreases fatigue by 65%. Plus, it’s a great way to get those feel-good endorphins! Cycling is also a joint-friendly workout. Riding a bike puts less stress on the knees, ankles and spine than walking or running.

With gas prices so high, cycling is also a great way to save some money! Sure sounds better than sitting in traffic doesn’t it? Just check out all the bike lanes in the City of Port Coquitlam alone by visiting this link.

For more information, or to sign up for Bike To Work Week, please check out http://www.biketowork.ca.

 

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Zero Waste International Alliance Conference 2014

 

 

zero waste international alliance conference

 

It’s finally here! This week our General Manager, Jamie, is off to Nanaimo for the #ZWIA14 Conference. This is the 9th year that this annual conference is bringing together over 50 speakers from more than 15 countries, all with the same agenda: creating a zero waste solutions in Canada and across the globe.

zero waste international alliance conference

The aim of this event is to make the connection between product design, procurement, lifecycle, and public policy so that we can create communities that are economically, culturally, and environmentally sustainable. 

Wondering what exactly that all means? When you think about ways you live green, recycling is probably the first thing that comes to mind. In a zero waste economy, this is the last resort. Eliminating the need for plastic and paper packaging is an example of how governments can change policies for corporations to design their products without excess materials that serve no purpose.  However, this is just skimming the surface of simple yet powerful ways to create a healthier and sustainable environment that will be talked about in the conference.

As an attendee, you’ll be learning from some famous faces and entrepreneurs that will be sharing how they went against the trend and created their own zero waste, sustainable, and successful business. One of these speakers is Dan Phillips whom we featured on our last blog. Dan is an innovative homebuilder that has also been on Ted Talks.

zero waste international alliance conference

The goal isn’t for you to just listen, it’s to participate and have your voice heard. Plus, it’s a great networking event, with delegates from all over the world and in your own backyard that you can chat with. So come join us! Click here to register for a ticket and visit www.zwia14.com to see the full schedule.

Already have a ticket? Tweet us from the event: @happystans

Zero Waste International Alliance Conference Featuring Dan Phillips

September 1st, 2014 • By: happy Current Events, Uncategorized

 

 

If you’ve been following us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, then you probably know about our passion for Zero Waste and a sustainable economy. In fact, our General Manager, Jamie Kaminski, is also a Board Member of the Zero Waste Canada non-profit organization. Needless to say, environmentally friendly practice is our way of life both in and out of the office.

That’s why we’re incredibly excited about the Zero Waste International Alliance Conference, advocating the elimination of landfill use and incineration. The conference will be held from October 2-4 in Nanaimo, B.C., featuring keynote speakers from around the world. 

dan phillips

One of these speakers is Dan Phillips, who you may recognize from his Ted Talk. Dan will be at #ZWIA14 on October 3rd and talking about how he creatively designs and builds homes from recycled and reclaimed materials. Phillips doesn’t believe in conventional ideals of what a home should look like “because striving for perfection is what ultimately creates a landfill of waste”.

dan phillips

A roof made from old license plates? A beer tap faucet? Toilet seat tiles? This is Phillip’s signature style of creating incredible homes with unwanted items. Not only are his designs practical, durable, and aesthetically beautiful, they’re also affordable options for those looking to get into the market place.  

If you’re interested in hearing Dan speak, register for the ZWIA conference here. We encourage you to partake in the discussion and have your voice heard. Follow the conversation and hashtag #ZWIA14 in your tweets and posts! For sponsorship and attendance, please check out: http://zerowastecanada.com/zero-waste-canada-conference-zwia14

 

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